December 15th, 2014

Holiday Hoopla! ‘Tis the Season For Free Music

Christmas party

Another Holiday? Already? Well, at least CCPL has your music covered thanks to our new digital service: HOOPLA.

Let’s say you’re decorating the house or baking some goodies. You need some tunes in the kitchen, right? Keep your phone, tablet, or laptop away from flour dust and eggs and play some American country, like “Toby Keith: A Classic Christmas” (2007), or “Best Of 20th Century – Country Christmas” (2003).

If you want dulcimers or bluegrass pickin’, try “Appalachian Christmas” (2014) or “A Skaggs Family Christmas, Vol. 2” (2014). While you’re helping Santa wrap gifts and trying to decompress from all the madness of the shopping season, play The Riverside Brass Quintet nice and low. Their album “Riverside Yuletide” (2014) will make you feel like you’re listening to amazing street performers in London.

Before the family comes over on Christmas Eve, don’t forget to give yourself some R & R. Chill out in a hot bath before guests arrive, but first download the comfort of the Carpenter’s “Christmas Portrait” (1987). It’s a nice change of pace.

Now it’s Christmas Eve. This is part one of the big show. If your home is playing host this year you need a long playlist with a huge variety of 20th Century radio classics. I recommend getting on Hoopla and checking out “50 X-Mas Hits” (2014). It’s great to put on in the background of the family room. If you’re off to grandma’s house on Christmas Day and have young kids who love sing-alongs, “Disney’s Family Christmas Collection” (2008) is a lot of fun.

A big and busy family Christmas with kids isn’t for everyone. If you’re putting on an adult-only or late-night Christmas affair, I have some albums for you! If you need a little swing or pop with your party, I highly recommend the contemporary marvel that is “Christmas” (2011) by Michael Buble. If you need songs without lyrics and prefer solely orchestral music, “Tchailkovsky’s Nutcracker Suite” (2007) by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will definitely sweep you away like a dream.

During or after Christmas, if you need to set the mood for a one-on-one cozy evening, Hoopla has “Christmas Romance: 15 Romantic Holiday Favorites” (2014). It’s also a great fit for a New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day dinner. It’s a surprisingly solid blend of easy listening, jazz, and lounge-style music.

Get downloading and get merry this holiday with Hoopla!

What’s your favorite holiday album?


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December 8th, 2014

Recommendations, Resources & Gift Guides For All Ages!

girlsreadingAre you looking for the next great book for your child or grandchild? Check out these resources!

Your Librarians

Our professional and skilled librarians are always available to answer questions and connect you with a variety of authors, books and themes—for yourself—or your children. Can’t make it to the library in person? Call any branch or email: ask@ccplnet.org


CCPL’s Great Reads

Have you visited the “Great Reads” section of our website? It has themed lists, staff recommendations as well as all the newest award-winners and best-sellers.


CCPL’s Bookmate

Still looking for that perfect book when you have —or your loved one has — “read everything?” Try bookmate— the free book and author matching service is for all ages and interests. Fill out a simple survey and return it to your local branch—trained librarians will make 3 recommendations.


A Mighty Girl

The world’s largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls. Choose from a variety of topics such as building, top holiday picks as well as by age group.


Guys Read

A web-based literacy program for boys founded by author and First National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka. The  mission is to help boys be self–motivated, lifelong readers. Look for reading ideas, booklists, and research based on encouraging guys to read. 


Common Sense Media

The website rates, educates, and advocates for kids, families, and schools—with ratings by what both kids and parents have to say. Their gift guide is packed with 100+ holiday gift ideas hand-selected to inspire, educate, and entertain kids of all ages and stages. Whether your list includes young children, tweens, or teens, use this guide to find presents that kids and parents will feel good about.


What’s your favorite way to recommend a good read?


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